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Argentina Virtually Clinches World Cup Eliminations Round

Scott Bobb

Argentina has become the first team to virtually clinch a berth in the second round of the World Cup. Greece has won its first World Cup football match with a 2-1 decision against Nigeria that keeps the Greeks in contention. Mexico has defeated France 2-0, in the second match for each in the opening group stage of the World Cup.

Argentine fans celebrated in the streets after their team defeated South Korea 4-1 in Johannesburg and posted its second victory of the World Cup.

The win gives the South Americans six points and virtually guarantees that they will pass into the eliminations phase of the tournament.

Gonzalo Higuain scored three goals with assists from Lionel Messi and became the top scorer of the Cup so far.

Argentine fan Martin Massimino said he was already looking to the eliminations phase.

"It was a good game," said Martin Massimino. "I think it was not so complicated [difficult]. The second half we played better. So I think we have to wait for the second round."

The South Korean goalkeeper made many valiant saves but was unable to stand up to the relentless Argentine offense.

South Korean fan Seung Min said he was disappointed but noted that the South Koreans faced one of the best teams in the Cup.

"We think they [South Korea] were a little bit nervous compared to the Greece game," said Seung Min. "That's why their passes didn't get through."

In the second match of Group B, Nigeria lost to Greece 2-1 in a hard fought battle in Bloemfontein.

Nigeria went ahead early on a goal by Kalu Uche but took a major hit when Sani Kaita was sent off in the 33rd minute for a needless foul.

Dimitrios Salpingidis scored for the Greeks just before half-time and Vasileios Torosidis clinched the win with his goal late in the second. It was the first Greek win in World Cup competition.

Nigeria technically could still pass to the second round but this would require a collapse of the Argentine team in their match with Greece next Tuesday.

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